Here we are, the day before Ash Wednesday, and I feel like I am still putting away Christmas! The season of Lent is upon us and Easter is right around the corner! So I thought this was a good time to do some reflecting, thinking about, “Where have I been and where am I going?” Our calendar can become one event after another, and instead of enjoying the moments we are in, we become distracted about what’s coming next! Reflection can be just the perspective we need to see if we’re just going through the motions or growing into who we are called to be.
So that brought me to think about worship – both individually and corporately. Are we praising God as if our lives depended on it or have we become worshippers that are in a lifeless religion? It’s a sobering thought. Is our worship something we put on our “to do list” or is it the moment we wait for each day so we can meet our Savior and just praise Him.
In the book of Malachi, the Israelites, after being in captivity for seventy years, had grown complacent about worship. They had forgotten “the why” behind “the what” they were doing. They didn’t remember where they had been or where they were going. As I thought about worship, both corporately as well as personally, I began thinking of how amazing it feels to be in God’s presence! The funny thing about worshiping God is we were created to do it! He doesn’t need our worship; we do! It’s our way of responding to the love that we cannot comprehend! No matter what we’ve done or where we’ve been, our praise of God the Father Son and Holy Spirit is a lifeline for us.
God knows where we are, just like He knew where the Israelites were. Going through the motions to get to the next thing is an empty existence. He knows that we were created to be in real moments of all out worship with Him. It’s what we were created for; it’s how we can grow more! So this week, let’s reflect on where we’ve been in our worship of the Father and be ready to take it to the next level, both personally and corporately. Can you imagine if our individual worship gets fine-tuned? Then think about what will happen when we all come together in agreement in worship! What breakthrough for us individually as well as for the church! He is worthy of our highest praise! Let’s spend that time alone with our Father this week, so that when we come together, it will be truly praise worthy of our King!
Director of Worship Arts